I am a very experienced musician and tutor and I believe strongly that music-making should be easily accessible and enjoyable for all.
I teach Guitar, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Music Tech/Production and Song-writing/Composition. Lessons can be relaxed and informal or challenging and intensive to suit.
I first took classical guitar lessons aged 11 and after receiving an electric guitar for Christmas, progressed to folk, blues, rock, pop, jazz etc.
Aged 14 I began teaching friends and relatives and by 16 was gigging around North East England. When I was 20 I relocated to London with a band and have played and taught professionally ever since.
I’m a published songwriter and have extensive experience of studio recording, gigging and touring with major-label, multi-million-selling, award-winning and independent artists. I am active in composition, engineering and production and occasionally run workshops in these disciplines.
As well as performing, writing and recording I’ve worked for many years in the business of music and media. For over 10 years I’ve free-lanced in TV (mainly with BBC Music) and Film Production (on major UK and US movies) and held management roles at a large record label.
I’ve been employed at NAMM (California) to demonstrate guitar techniques and have composed for award-winning short films and produced radio advertisements.
In 2014 I became a Director of Fuse Media Centre in Northumberland where I established music tuition and produced a regional Arts and Culture TV show encouraging participation in music and the arts.
In 2015 I was invited to join the board as a Director of Core Music CIC – an award-winning community music organisation where I tutored and developed projects and workshops facilitating musical participation for hundreds of people in the local community.
I feel lucky that my passion for music has enabled me to travel the world and meet many interesting people and artists. As a tutor I aim to inspire others to experience some of the many positive benefits that music can bring.
What I / we help young people achieve
I tailor lessons to suit individual needs and spend time getting to know the music my students love while introducing them to techniques and giving them the ability and confidence to apply them.
I can help students with Duke of Edinburgh Awards and through exams but am equally happy to work with young people who just want to experience the fun and personal achievement of learning, playing and creating the music that they love.
I highly encourage creativity and like to give students of all abilities the means to express themselves and communicate through music. I have devised and ran group workshops in building bands, recording and song-writing to foster peer-to-peer learning.
Having experience in many aspects of the music industry, I am aware that being a musician can open unexpected doors and enhance personal development, self-confidence and self-discipline. I'm committed to making music participation accessible to all.
One of my many happy teaching achievements is that an initially under-confident guitar student of mine went on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall supporting Robert Plant of Led Zep on tour. And she rocked it!
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To develop recording /production skills
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- To develop their wellbeing
Also Works With
Salisbury Area Music Co-operative
Core Music. Hexham, Northumberland
Roche Court Educational Trust, Winterslow, Wilts.
The Shining Levels (Electronic/Folk Music collective)
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
- Drop in
Working with special needs
I have undertaken regular work and support sessions at Core Music with SEND students devising strategies to suit individual requirements. Over the last year I have enjoyed working with visually-impaired students looking at progressive guitar-teaching methods.
I have also worked with and had CPD training on dyslexia.
I am currently working on a project at Roche Court looking at synaesthesia in music/sound and art.
- Guitar & Bass
- Recording & Producing
- Electronic / Computer Music
- Music Theory
- Musical Director / Conductor
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Musical Clusters Covered
- Salisbury / Wilton
“Your patience and positivity has really supported __ in her self confidence more than you will know. She has experienced some pretty horrible reactions from her high school teachers because of her slowness. I never thought she’d really get anywhere with guitar as shes given up on all other hobbies i think cos she felt she just couldn’t do it. Shes stuck with Guitar because of your skill and patience as a teacher. Thank you Dan we will miss you. Hope you like the florentines (my personal favourite) GOOD LUCK 🍀🥂🎸 ”
I can provide references on request.
My Training & Development
I continue to undertake professional performance and production work to keep my own technique up to date. My current work is released by an International record label and has received airplay across radio and specifically BBC 6Music.
I study and take particular interest in Music Psychology and regularly work alongside other tutors to compare and share ideas.
I am constantly looking for new and fresh ideas, material and technologies for myself and my pupils.
I have recently undertaken CPD with an emphasis on SEND and have applied to be an Associate with Wiltshire Music Connect in order to take advantage of further CPD opportunities.